With 15 forwards signed for next season, the Blues are looking to unload Shawn Bates for a draft pick. Bates is a solid and very versatile forward. He was a 76 rating last year, and while his rating will drop a bit this year due to injuries last season, he will still likely be a 72-74 rating this coming year with excellent defensive ratings and still some decent offensive ratings based on his multi-year average. Perhaps most appealing, Bates can play EVERY forward position, which is invaluable in terms of moving him around on different lines with trades, as he can either play as a role player on a scoring line (his role with the Blues last season) or as a prime checking line/penalty killer. Shawn Bates - Ratings IT SP ST EN DU DI SK PA PC DF SC EX LD OV 71 75 71 85 82 74 74 66 72 73 68 69 68 76 The highest offered pick will get him. e-mail offers to [email protected].